Good Summer Notes
I’m having a good summer this year. That is a bit unusual. I usually feel like summer is an endurance race. Last year was horrid, with terrible allergy problems, hives, and all manor of indignities like face swellings. I was broke as usual each summer. It lingered on endlessly.
This year has been good. Spring lasted well into May and summer arrived as it should have in mid June. I have stayed indoors most of the time, so no allergy problems as yet.
Thanks to my friend Ron, the general manager at the local Michaels store, I have been lent the classroom there to teach now. I move my monthly classes there on Tuesday. This will be easier for my students and will free my Country Studio for my own use.
I’ve been setting it up with all my easels out and ready to use. I have a station for acrylic/casein, and two easels for oils. I will only have to rearrange for my four parties each year. I moved all of my framing tools out into the studio and I have a drying station for small oil paintings with a fan on them 24/7. At last, I am totally set up with efficiency in my studio. Now, if I could only clone myself I would get everything done.
This summer has even been good financially. People have actually bought art. That is almost unheard of for summer in my world. Shocking! I will actually make it through the summer without fear if this continues.
My precious new French bulldog puppy, Tucker (AKA Studio Dog) is a joy for me. He is beginning to grow up now, not quite as intense. He has a wonderful, sweet personality and is well on his way to becoming a fine adult in a few months. It was very hard to lose my dear Henry, and not a day goes by without missing him, but Tucker is the new joy in my life.
I have learned in my dotage to be entirely grateful for the life I now lead. After a stressful difficult life as a single mother, juggling a variety of jobs and doing art late into the night, I now have almost complete freedom to run my own career. I have a dream studio, a quiet life in the country with my nature trail, and lovely canvases to paint as I like. I am just about the luckiest artist I know. I could not do it without the lovely friends and collectors who continue to support my career. A deep and grateful salute to you all.
More musings for artists and collectors to come….
2 tablespoons fresh basil, coarsely chopped
2 pints grape tomatoes
1/2 cup whole Kalamata olives
1/4 cup shaved Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- Chop basil (leaves only); halve tomatoes (if desired). Place in salad bowl: basil, tomatoes, olives, and cheese.
- Pour in oil, salt, and pepper; toss to coat. Marinate at least 10 minutes before serving.